Our community was saddened to hear of the passing of Sr Maura McAvoy OP, past Principal of Siena College (1968, 1973, and 1982-1989). Maura had sadly suffered ill health for some time before being admitted to care in 2018. She was 83 years old.
Born in Ireland, Maura came to Melbourne in 1960 and taught with the Brigadine Sisters in Mentone. Her long career of teaching and administration included positions in Watson (ACT), Strathfield, Siena, Newcastle and Maitland. Her keen interest in Catholic education often took her beyond school boundaries, and she was heavily involved in leadership programs and various Dominican committees. After her time at Siena she became Deputy Director of Catholic Education in Tasmania, a position she held for five years.
An extract from the poem Sr Sheila read to Maura the last time she saw her:
O you are not lying in the wet clay,
For it is a harvest evening now and we
Are piling up the ricks against the moonlight
And you smile up at us - eternally.
(Patrick Cavanagh, Collected Poems)